Designed originally to provide the US Navy and Marine Corps with a simple low-cost lightweight attack and
ground support aircraft, the Skyhawk was based on experience gained during the Korean War. Since the initial
requirement called for operation by the US Navy, special design consideration was given to providing
low-speed control and stability during take-off and landing, added strength for catapult launch and arrested
landings, and dimensions that would permit it to negotiate standard aircraft carrier lifts without the complexity
of folding wings.
Construction of the XA-4A (originally XA4D-1) prototype Skyhawk began in September 1953 and the
first flight of this aircraft, powered by a Wright J65-W-2 engine (32 kN), took place 22 June 1954.
A total of 2,960 A-4 Skyhawks was built. The last one was built in 1979.
| ENGINE||1 x P+W J-52-P-8A, 41.4kN|
| Take-off weight||11110 kg||24493 lb|
| Wingspan||8.4 m||28 ft 7 in|
| Length||12.6 m||41 ft 4 in|
| Height||4.6 m||15 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||24.2 m2||260.49 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1100 km/h||684 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||3200 km||1988 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 20mm machine-guns, bombs, missiles, torpedos|
|A three-view drawing (1000 x 474)|
|Alfredo, e-mail, 08.08.2017 07:24|
I feel that any article on this plane cant be considered complete without a mention to its impressive tie against royal navy during falklands war in 1982.
Flying some of them that largely exceeded expected service life,argentine pilots sunk a considerale number of warships facing and sometimes sucsefully evading evading most modern AA systems of the day. Some of the planes were flown just no ore than 15 feet of altitude! many sustained awesome amount of battle damage , many returned literally "towed" by brave KC 130 refuelling crews.
|Klaatu83, e-mail, 13.04.2016 00:20|
I don't know why this is listed as a "McDonnell-Douglas" aircraft since McDonnell had nothing whatever to do with it. This aircraft was strictly a Douglas design. The two companies merged long after the Skyhawk was already in production.
|Markos, e-mail, 15.03.2016 01:36|
IN MALVINAS WAR 20 SKYHAWK GO BOOM TO GLORIUS NEW ENGLANDS BANG BANG CRISTIAN. ARGENTINA GO HANDS UP HOLDING WHITE FLAG. :-)
|cristian, e-mail, 24.06.2015 08:55|
iN MALVINAS WAR SINK NEW ENGLANDS BOATS IN HAND A GLORIU"S AIR FORCE ARGENTINA STIRPS VIRILIS !!!!!!
|GARY BEDINGER, 01.04.2015 07:08|
I WAS IN THE UNITED STATES NAY FROM 20 JULY UNTIL 19 JULY 1991.AFTER I WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE ACTIVE U.S. NAVY I WAS STATIONED AT NAS DALLAS NAVAL AIR STATION WHICH WAS IN GRAND PRAIRE,TEXAS.I SAW THE FEW REMAINING A-4s WHICH WERE HANDED DOWN TO THE RESERVE SIDE OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY.THE A-4 "SKYHAWK" WAS ONE QUICK LITTLE JET AT 680mph.THE A-4 FLEW FOR YEARS WITH OTHER NATIONS MAINLY IN SOUTH AMERICA.
|"KC" Williams (Aggie), e-mail, 23.03.2015 18:01|
I spent 5 years flying A-4J and A-4F as a fighter training instructor pilot with most time at 6-7 G's. I logged around 2,000 hours in the A-4 and absolutely loved every minute of my flying in this aircraft. Retired as a Lt. Commander after 22 years in 1991 having served in numerous other reserve squadrons and other aircraft -- but my time in the A-4 was the best of all.
|Bob Gudmestad, e-mail, 22.02.2015 03:07|
I was in VA-81 from 65-67 on USS Forrestal and USS Shangri-La. Surprised to see entries from VSF-1. I was stationed at Alameda from 74 - 78 with VR-55 and C-9B's and again in 81- 82 with VAK-308 and VA-303. No one at Alameda acknowledged VSF-1 existed. Was there again in 1995 as they were closing down the base and VSF-1 was not listed as a squadron assigned there. I worked with AT2 Dave O'Neil from VSF-1 at IMA fron 66-67.
|Ralph Goff, e-mail, 19.01.2015 06:08|
I went to almost every school on the A-4 after joining USMC in 1968. My entire 15 year career was on the A-4, in Beaufort, Memphis MARTD, Iwakuni, Nam Phong, Thailand, Philippines, (Cubi Pt. jet shop) and taught ADJ-A school in Memphis NAS. Was a 6022 (J-52) jet mech and test cell operator.
|frank garrow, e-mail, 24.11.2014 01:24|
Liked the ta4f all though had a bad experience with one
when I was in the backseat going for a ride and had a
electrical problem which caused smoke in the cocpit and
we just bearly stopped before take off, that was it for
me for flying in jets. I was a plane captain with va 45
from 1967 nov to 1968 nov.. cecil field florida
|Stefan Löfgren, e-mail, 24.10.2014 00:08|
No comment, just a request of help to get in touch with mister Dave Marshall.He posted a comment here in 2010, and I want to ask him about an event at Chu Lai in 1966 that he wrote about in another forum. How can I reach him? firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jim Zane, e-mail, 28.09.2014 12:08|
hi everyone, my only exposure to this great aircraft was during my A-school days in Millington Tennessee. 1976 That being said, I'm a 3-D modeler now (JazAero designs) developing this aircraft for both the DCS flight simulator, A4-C, A4-M and X-plane 10 flight simulator A4-E . I have an extensive research library, but I'm always interested in gathering more research material especially in the area of technical drawings or blueprints. our goal is to create the highest fidelity model possible in a computer, and within DCS version we are striving for "mi spec". We are already three years into the project. The DCS release is due sometime next year. I would also like to contact any pilots who would like to validate our flight model when that time arises. if you would like to, contact me JaZaero1@Gmail.com I would like to hear from you.
|Marshall MICHEL, e-mail, 03.12.2013 12:15|
Hi guys, I'm the author of "Clashes" and "The Eleven Days of Christmas: America's Last Viethan Battle" and former Air Attache to Israel. I'm trying to reach any of the IPs who trained (or anyone else who had contact with) the Isralis who came to the US in 1967 to check out in their first A-4s. Looking for good stories, etc. Cheers, Marshall Michel
|mike, e-mail, 07.09.2013 03:07|
anyone know anything about a A-4 that was used by a company called fightertown in Ca in the early 2000's
|Ralph K, e-mail, 09.08.2013 23:41|
Looking for any Attack Squadron patches, from the pre-1970 USNR and USMCR. I -(have)- patches from VA-741 JAX, VA-773 Los Alamitos, VA-831 Floyd Bennett, and VA-873, VA-876 and VA-879 Alameda and VA-912 South Weymouth. I have only one USMCR patch - VMA-131.
If you have a spare old patch, I would be happy to send you (up front), a new book that chronicles all of the pre-1970 USNR and USMCR A4D-1 and A4D-2 squadrons with a brief history of the unit and photos of the different early model Scooters in the pre-1970 USNR assigned to the individual NARTU.
If you have only one patch, I can reproduce the patch + send the new book. An embroidery shop with a loom, can spin an exact reproduction of the patch - same size, design and colors.
Thanks for your interest. Ralph
|Dennis Hodgson, e-mail, 16.07.2013 04:07|
I was stationed at El Toro and loaded ordnance on the A-4s for VMA-214 Blacksheep. Great times and great bunch of guys. I miss those days. Lt. Col. Underwood was our CO. Gunny Gaines was the shop HMFIC.
|JOHN SKINNER, e-mail, 08.05.2013 18:39|
Ref. Wally"s question' The hole in the nose is for equipment
cooling of the electronics package.
|charles edwards, e-mail, 06.03.2013 22:28|
i worked to install electrical harness in A-4 trainers from 1966 to 1969 for Israel & cost one million dollars each.
|Wally, e-mail, 05.03.2013 22:57|
The A4A at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo has a 2" hole in the nos. any one know what the hole is for? Cannon? Guns? Please let me know.
|Allen Skwira, e-mail, 29.01.2013 18:14|
I was in VSF-1 as an ADJ-4. Did the '68-'69 cruise, on the Independence, to the med plus the carrier quals. Cross decked to the USS Wasp in November of '68 with a detatchment of four birds. The squadron fulfilled it's mission by flying cover support for the the Wasp. Intercepted a couple of Russian Bombers. The A4's looked like fleas on a dog next to those bombers.
|Dutchy Brauer, e-mail, 15.01.2013 06:07|
My first Scooter as Plane Captain was A4G N13-154906  in Jan68 on VF805 [RAN Fleet Air Arm, 03Apr64-08Apr88]. Since a thrust surge [FCU failure] induced Holdback Breakout in Oct80, she has sat 4000 Metres below the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka. I last walked away from an A4 Sqn. after RIMPAC78. Remember you well Charlie Rex, and so many others . 'Bravo Zulu' Ed Heinemann and your brilliant A4 Scooter. Many great flight deck memories.
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